SHAC 'Financial Focus' week of action - Email alert, Part 1
As part of the Global 'Financial Focus' week of action against HLS' lifeline lender, Fortress Investment Group
During the week of Monday 20th - 26th September we are calling for all activists and compassionate people everywhere to organise demos, phone calls and emails against HLS' lifeline lender, Fortress Investment Group, and all associated, including shareholders - Nomura, Legg Mason, Bank Of America and Sankaty Advisors and other subsidiary companies owned by Fortress across the world like, Intrawest, Rail America, GateHouse Media, CW Capital and many more.
Fortress is vital to HLS' survival, who are still millions of dollars in debt and are struggling to stay afloat. Since the recent buyout of HLS at the end of last year, HLS are now in even more debt - totalling well over $100million. Fortress themselves are also in heavy financial trouble due to the recession - so now is a great time to ask them to recall HLS' loan of $70 million plus!
This is the company that, when HLS had no other financial options left in the world, bailed them out with a multi-million dollar loan. This is the company that, when later exposed as the life support of HLS, lied to SHAC and pretended they had stopped the loan. And this is the company that, while HLS hit rock bottom last year – have agreed to extend the loan and give them another helping hand out of closure.
Remember, without this loan, HLS could not have stayed open these past years - and if it was recalled, they could not stay open in the future. Since Fortress bailed out HLS in 2006, over 600,000 animals have been tortured and died inside HLS.
If you can not attend a demo against one of many Fortress targets across the world, then please do contact Fortress and associated companies during this week of action, together we can put pressure on these companies - more details below.
Phone Fortress during the week of action and ask them to stop funding animal torture: UK: 0207 290 5600 USA: 1-877-632-7242, 1-800-599-2347 or 1-800-435-6285 (Toll free in U
There will be 3 emails this week for people to contact companies involved and to highlight HLS' disgusting track record.
Email alert 1 - Fortress Investment Group ===============================
Please do fell free to write your own letter or otherwise use our sample letter below.
I am writing to you in relation to a $70 million loan that has been made to Huntingdon__Life__Sciences (H-L- via your Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. Without this loan H-L-S could not remain open and therefore Fortress are in large part responsible for the cruel and violent actions going on inside H-L-S. The fact that Fortress had set up a front company in Luxembourg called Anchor_Sub_Funding shows that a lot of effort had been put into keeping this loan secret, presumably to stop H-L-S' horrific record of cruelty, violence and law breaking from tarnishing Fortress' reputation.
H-L-S have a long history of violence; they were most famously exposed in 1997 when channel 4 TV filmed workers punching beagle puppies in the face. In 2005 ex-workers spoke out about cruelty they had witnessed and in 2008 Animal Defenders International went undercover inside H-L-S exposing cruel primate experiments and disgusting conditions. H-L-S also have a track record of law breaking and manipulation of data. During just one primate study, H-L-S broke the law 526 times; and workers have been caught taking drugs and drinking on site. To see more about these exposes please look at: http://www.shac.net/HLS/exposed.html
I am urging you to explore all get out clauses in this loan and reel it in. I also urge you to raise these issues with everyone you can within the company and do everything in your power to halt your support of Huntingdon_Life_Sciences.
Please raise this issue at any meetings you attend, and let all your colleagues know about H-L-S.
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------------------------------------- Disclaimer and Information:
The details in this action alert are provided for information purposes only, and should not be used for any illegal activities as defined by the jurisdiction you live in. SHAC does not support or encourage any form of harassment; nothing in this alert has the purpose of inciting such behaviour, and we request that all communications are kept polite.
For general information on the campaign to close Huntingdon Life Science, please visit our website www.shac.net
SHAC peaceful demo at Barclays: police turned up and said the use of the megaphone was against Section 5 of the Public Order Act......then decided it wasn't.....then decided to arrest an activist for using the megaphone anyway!
27.02.2009 London - mass protest against the vital financial companies who are keeping HLS open
SHAC CITY SHAKEDOWN!
WHEN? » 27th February 09, 12 noon
WHERE? » Bank of England, London
Nearest tube: Bank. The protest will meet here and proceed to march through the financial districts of London, finishing at the New York Stock Exchange.
WHY? » We have reached a critical time. HLS' financials are wobbling dangerously close to the edge and enough persuasion to key financial institutions could be enough to close them. Click here for more information about the financial aspects of the campaign.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN? » We will be meeting at the Bank of England, central London, on Friday 27th February at 12 noon. From this point we will have a brief speech, before moving off together.
The day will all be about focusing on HLS' key financial supporters. We will be conducting demonstrations against several targets that are either major shareholders or are listing HLS, enabling them to stay open. The demonstrations will of course be entirely legal, as the entire day as been organised with the help of the police. Once we have finished the demonstrations, we will return in a loop back to the Bank of England where we started. Any further questions, don't hesistate to contact us on email@example.com!
Transport is being arranged from across the country, so if you don't want to make your own way there, get in touch and we can help you find a minibus or shared car from your area.
Animals (tags: HLS, SHAC, UK, abuse, AnimalCruelty, AnimalWelfare, animalrights, animalwelfare, animalcruelty, cruelty, ethics ) Joanna - 2 minutes ago - shac.net 12th July 2008, 11am - 5:30pm: SHAC UK National March against HLS and their vile 'experiments' on animals in Peterborough, UK, followed by demo at the gates of HLS, Alconbury. Please remember about petition Shut Down Huntingdon Life Sciences !! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/shut-down-huntingdon-life-sciences
Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS are the largest contract testing lab in Europe. They kill 500 animals a day in tests for products such as weedkiller, food colourings and drugs. Please sign the petition !! Celebrate World Week for Laboratory Animals !
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